14 November, Kathmandu. Kathmandu Gorkhaz, a franchise team of Nepal T-20 League cricket, which is being organized by Nepal Cricket Association (CAN) for the first time, has withdrawn its name from the tournament.
Nepal, which has been criticized and controversial since the announcement of the league, is in trouble after the franchise withdrew its hand in the last T-20.
CAN had announced the Nepal T-20 League last May, saying that it will have its own official franchise. Preparations were being made to hold the first edition from December 11 to 31 (December 25 to January 16). But with less than two weeks left for the league, Kathmandu Gorkhaz, which is owned by Kantipur Media, has withdrawn its name.
CAN Acting Secretary Prashant Vikram Malla confirmed that Kathmandu has withdrawn the name. “Kathmandu Gorkhaz has withdrawn the name. Now a new team has to be included in its place,” said Malla.
As the league is approaching, the question has been raised as to what will happen if a team withdraws its name and what will be its impact. Malla says, ‘Now the players who are under contract with Kathmandu should be signed to another team. Since it has been recognized by the ICC, this league should be done anyway. It can now move the league one week later.
Earlier, it was said to be held in October, but the Nepal T20 League was moved before the elections citing security reasons.Along with Kathmandu, 6 teams are scheduled to compete in the league. CAN has also drafted Nepali and foreign players for the league.
Among the marquee players of Kathmandu was the former captain of the national team, Gyanendra Malla. Similarly, the Kathmandu team has players like Kamal Singh Airi, Abhinash Bohra, Basir Ahmed. Sri Lankans Thisara Perera, Kamindu Mendis, Dhananjaya Da Silva were also signed in Kathmandu.